In Days to Come

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: Bulletin October 13
Newsletter: October 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Micah 4.1-5, Psalm 46, Mark 6.34-44


Joel Russell-MacLean

The prophet Micah described a world where war was no longer a consideration. He put it memorably,

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
 and their spears into pruning hooks.”

Micah was a prophet in Judah. He had witnessed the powerful Assyrian Empire obliterate several neighbouring nations including Israel. Assyria had also invaded Judah and besieged Jerusalem. Micah did not pray his poems for peace into being on lazy sunny afternoons in a commune. His vision of a new way of living arose out of the fire and blood left in wake of military violence. Even though he had seen such horrors, he boldly claimed a day was coming when war would come to an end, and everyone would have a place of their own and plenty of food.

Sometimes hunger leads to war, and almost always war leads to hunger. However, an abundance of food has not always meant the absence of war. Something much more profound is required.

“Come, let us go to the Lord, that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”

Micah used poetry to direct our imagination toward what the world could be if we would turn to God. Centuries later, Jesus acted out a picture of a new world. He sat a crowd of thousands down in groups, and fed them until all were full.

Jesus will return and bring an end to all war, and neighbourhoods, farms, and cities will thrive once more. As a church, we continue to act out a picture of what the world will be whenever we share, whenever we make peace, and whenever we turn to God to be taught.

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